North Anna Test Receives High Marks
Spotsylvania County received an “exceptional” rating from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for its Virginia Operations Plan Exercise (VOPEX) emergency drill at the North Anna Nuclear Power Station on Tuesday, July 8.
“The biennial full-scale exercise is designed for response agencies and local governments to demonstrate their abilities to protect public health and safety during a hypothetical radiological emergency,” said Kathy Smith, Spotsylvania County public information officer.
Dominion Virginia Power personnel and nearly two dozen local, state and federal agencies participated in the drill.
Dominion Virginia Power owns and operates the North Anna Power Station. There are two units providing 1,892 megawatts — enough electricity to power 450,000 homes, according to Dominion Virginia Power. Unit one began commercial operation in June 1978 and Unit 2 in December 1980.
The facility, located in Louisa County, was named after the North Anna River, which was dammed to form the 9,600-acre Lake Anna reservoir and the 3,400-acre Waste Heat Treatment Facility, used to provide cooling water for the station.
The lake and treatment facility have become popular recreation areas, which include private homes, campgrounds, marinas and Lake Anna State Park.
The North Anna Nuclear Information Center is open to the public 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays, except for major holidays. The center provides displays, interactive exhibits, and films about the process of producing nuclear energy, from uranium mining to electricity production.
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